Christmas Eve 2009: The setting was perfect. Fresh falling snow, champagne, chocolates and a roaring fire. But much to Danielle’s disappointment, Nigel did not ask her to marry him that night. It wasn’t until the next morning, when she unwrapped her Christmas present, that all was forgiven. Her newly opened Chanel purse had a surprise inside – a beautiful engagement ring! At that moment, Nigel asked Danielle to marry him. So overwhelmed with emotion, all she could say was, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” over and over.
The couple were married on June 11, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. The ceremony and reception both took place at the Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District.
(WedLuxe:) How would you describe your wedding day?
(Danielle:) “Perfect. While I was planning the wedding my mother came across a quote by Monique Lhuillier, “Stop worrying about everything being perfect – that’s not the true meaning of the day. Some brides get so caught up in the details that when it’s all over they say, ‘I didn’t really enjoy my wedding.’ I hate to hear that.” This became my guiding philosophy. From the moment I woke up on June 11th I was going to enjoy every minute of my wedding day.”
Was there a specific theme or mood you were trying to to achieve on your wedding day?
“Absolutely. I wanted a traditional wedding but without all the puff and stiffness of a structured wedding. We were looking for modern elegance which is why we welcomed black tie from our guests. The venue we chose (the Fermenting Cellar) was the perfect location to reflect our vision in that it was a raw industrial space that we could soften with the right decor details and transform into our dream wedding.”
What was your favourite design detail?
“Our favourite detail was the positioning of the head table. It was a long table in the middle of the dining floor plan with the most stunning chandeliers overhead. The placement of it made us feel at the center of the celebration.”
How did you personalize your wedding day?
“We personalized our wedding by choosing my uncle as MC who was also the MC at my parents wedding 32 years ago!”
What was the most luxurious aspect of your wedding?
“The decor was the most luxurious part of our wedding specifically, the chandeliers. The chandeliers were a dramatic focal point for everyone’s eyes as they gazed around the room yet provided a soft light that warmed the space.”
What was your favourite moment on the wedding day?
“First and foremost was seeing Nigel’s expression standing at the alter as I entered the room through the drapes at the end of the aisle, vanquishing my feeling of anxiety and reminding me that I was here to marry the man I loved. Secondly, as I walked down the aisle, I exchanged glances with my 92 year old Grandma who looked more excited than I was!”
What is the most important info you think readers should know about your wedding day?
“Start planning early! We were engaged 18 months before our wedding and set about our due diligence (including reading many Wedluxe magazines) to make sure we had the right venue and vendors to make our day absolutely perfect. At the end of the day, if you get the right professionals, trust them to do what they know best. It will work out wonderfully and with minimal stress for the couple.”
Danielle wore a cream coloured fit-to-flare style gown by Melissa Sweet, purchased from Pearl Bridal House. It was a stunning dress; embroidered with lace appliques, flowers, crystals and her favourite detail – an ostrich feathered hem!
Her makeup and hair styling was provided by Jackie Gideon. “Jackie Gideon was amazing. She was so comfortable to be around for the entire day and made me look stunning. Nigel couldn’t stop looking at me during the ceremony as my eyes were so radiant thanks to Jackie’s makeup. Jackie also guided me towards two hair styles during the evening affording me two separate looks, romantic up-do for the ceremony and free flowing curls for the evening.” -Danielle
The bride’s bouquet was an arrangement of white dahlias, hydrangea and soft coral roses.
The perimeter of the room was lined with white lounge couches and long white tables. Three arrangements of short florals were placed on each of these tables with candles. The head table was set in the middle of the floor plan and to add drama, two large crystal chandeliers were hung overhead. All surrounding tables were set with cream linens and a tinted coral overlay with ice Chivari chairs. A mixture of tall and short floral centerpieces accented each table and were filled with white hydrangeas and roses. In order to soften the industrial look, the room was draped in white linens.
“Aaron Kaufman [of 5th Element Events] was superb in taking our vision and transforming the Fermenting Cellar into our dream wedding while working within the guidelines we gave him. We greatly appreciated how attentive he was to our design requests and his added surprises that pushed our wedding from great to greatest.” -Danielle
Photography by: Storey Wilkens Photography
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Bride’s gown and shoes: Melissa Sweet from Pearl Bridal House and Jimmy Choo shoes from Holt Renfrew
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Thread from White Toronto
Hair Styling & Makeup: Jackie Gideon
Groom’s Formal Wear: Armani from Harry Rosen
Planner: Kim Miyama of Distillery Events
Decor, Floral & Chandeliers: 5th Element Events
Cake & Macarons: Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries
Stationery: Papergrafix Fine Stationery
Catering: Distillery Events